DSO, established in 2002 to promote modern technology and industries in the emirate, has moved rapidly to attract the know-how to drive a new business model forward along the lines of the Dubai Internet and Media Cities. In June, the UK’s Time Groupsaid it would build and manage the largest computer, liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor and plasma television assembly plant in the Middle East, and in August, DSO announced an agreement with EtherCom Corporation, a US company manufacturing network connectivity solutions. DSO also signed a deal with France’s CMPto fabricate and build chip designs for research laboratories and micro electrical systems.

DSO operated under the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) until July, when a government decree created the DSO Authority (MEED 23:9:05).